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Estey Organ Co. (Opus 896, 1911)

Location:

St. Mary's R.C. Church
Wilmington, NC US
Organ ID: 27516

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ has been altered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Information unknown or not applicable
  • 3 divisions. 2 manuals.
All:
  • Position: In a gallery-level case at the rear of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Position: Console in fixed position, left.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with roll top.
  • Stop Controls: Tilting/rocking tablets above top manual.
  • Combination Action: Adjustable combination pistons.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on September 03, 2016:

Updated through online information from Paul Monachino.
I heard this organ played at Mass on August 14, 2016. The original case and gold painted pipe fence is still intact. I was only able to briefly view the console after Mass. It carried the Estey nameplate but I did not notice another builder as the stoplist was not 1911 vintage - many high pitched stops (1 1/3, 1, 1 3/5 etc). It is likely this organ was updated either by a local builder or by Estey. It is a EP console that is (likely) not from 1911 but looks like it was a factory installed job. Several stop tabs had sticky notes that indicated ciphers. Overall, not a bad sound and sufficient to lead the congregation, accompany the choir and provide for nice solo organ selections.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on August 28, 2016:

Updated through online information from Justin Smith.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on August 23, 2007:

Identified by James R. Stettner through information from the Estey Opus List, published in The Boston Organ Club newsletter, 1973-1979.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

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